Privet Hedges

Ligustrum ovalifolium, (or Oval-leaved Privet) is native to Japan but has made a second home in Britain where it is our most popular hedging plant.

Hardy and unfussy privet hedging can attain a height of 4m but a lower height is easily maintained by pruning in August. If you want to maintain the geometric neatness of an established hedge throughout the summer, it can be frequently trimmed. This is also the way to keep the flowers at bay if you are not a fan of their distinctive fragrance.

Privet is classified as a semi-evergreen because it does drop some leaves in autumn and winter, generally from inside its form rather than from the outside face and any such drop will compromise neither its good looks nor the privacy it offers. In short, privet creates a superb, medium size and effectively evergreen garden hedge.

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Enter the length of your proposed hedge in metres below and the number of plants we recommend will appear.

For this particular species we would recommend a double row of plants for the best hedge.

Single Row

Length of your hedge (m) We recommend 0 plants for this length and when planting; our recommendation is to space each plant 65 centimetres apart.

Double Row

Length of hedge (m) We recommend 0 plants for this length and when planting; our recommendation is to space each plant 65 centimetres apart.

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Privet Hedge at-a-glance

Privet Hedge Ligustrum Ovalifolium

Foliage Type: Semi-Evergreen
Display: Pale, distinctively scented flowers
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Ease of maintenance: ✯✯✯✯✯
Versatility: ✯✯✯
Drought Resistance: ✯✯✯✯✯
Soil type: Acid or Alkaline. Any well-drained soil in sun or partial shade.
Wet/Dry:Dry
Preferred situation: Sun / Light Shade
Height:  Up to 4m
Growth Rate: Medium

Maintenance: An annual haircut to maintain its shape and height is essential and best done in August, though trimming throughout the growing season will do no harm.

Versatility: It makes an excellent and easy-to-maintain hedge – if you are looking for a container plant, Box is perhaps the better choice – though much slower growing.